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Veterans Day

By Remy Benoit

   On November 11th we honor our Veterans.

   It has been a long, long time since the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the eleventh month when silence broke out across the bloodied trenches, across No Man's Land.

   I invite you to send through the "Feedback" link above any special wishes, remembrances that you would like to post to honor those who served, those with whom you served.  I will be delighted to post them here.

   Make the day special.  Thank a Veteran for protecting to your right to vote, your right to speak that which is on your mind, for your right to breathe free.

   From me personally, to all of you, and to one of you particularly dear to me, from the bottom of my heart, WELCOME HOME.

Listen up, Troops! This is \"Sgt Mikie\" talkin to ya! Because ofour converstations..Remy Benoit... convinced me that it Would Be A Good Thing to sign the petition to recognize Vietnam Veterans. It could possibly make the next Veteran\'s Day or the one after better for America\'s only group of \"Unwanted, embarassing\" (their thoughts, words, not mine) Veterans. But the best news is..that in recent years, America has begun to Realize they should also Recognize,Idolize, and pay credit due To \"THE VETERANS OF THE WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT\" of all of our wars. To that end, I remind all of us, me included, to remember the loneliness, fear for their soldiers, etc. of those we left behind, and admit and honor their suffering and fighting the \"Battle of what if he/she doesn\'t come home alive?\". Nextly,we need to honor those who empathized with us while we there, and after we came home and they felt our pain, and decided it would be their life\'s calling to help ease it!....To that end...Thanks Americans @ Home, and particularly,


Mikie, focus11b 277Arty.

Having lived with a Vietnam Veteran for more than 33 years, I have a deep appreciation for what the American Veteran has done for the freedom of our country.
It doesn\'t matter how long they have been out of active service, the scars remain fresh and painful. The images and emotions of war are so deeply ingrained in their mind that they relive it time and again.
Can we repay them?
Can we honor them and help heal those psychological wounds?
Projects such as Welcome Home Soldier give the veteran a platform to explore their feelings. They can talk to others who have \"been there\" and can relate to their struggles. They can receive support from those of us who remained at home, but care deeply and long for their healing. We can say \"thank you\" for their sacrifice for our country.
We can pray for all our veterans, both past and present. Don\'t underestimate the power that each of us has to bring a peaceful resolution to the ongoing battle that all of our veterans face.
Thank you, Veteran, for the price you paid for my freedom. Thank you to \"my veteran,\" Harry Kieninger, for your courage and strength.
Happy Veterans Day to all of you!
Janet Kieninger

To all of you in active service, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Come home to us safely. And THANK YOU.

For those of you at home this Veterans Day, please take a moment and send a greeting to those who are on the front lines of your freedom.
Any Service Member.

And while you are online, don't forget the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Petition.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day.


                 Veterans Day, 1954


                 A PROCLAMATION


Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11,
the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and

Whereas in the intervening years the United States has been
involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and

Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4,
1926 (44 Stat. 1982), calling for the observance of November 11 with  
appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an act approved May 13,
1938 (52 Stat. 351) , that the eleventh of November should be a legal
holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and

Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that
commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day.

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the
United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to
observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let
us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly,on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.

I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange
for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.

In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this
anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this eighth day of October in the

Year of our Lord nineteen

hundred and fifty-four, and
of the Independence of the

(SEAL) United States of America the

one hundred and seventy-ninth.


By the President:


Secretary of States.


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